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Robots

Although Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) is just the son of a humble dishwasher, his loving family encourages him to work hard and follow his dreams. Inspired by a TV show hosted by Big Weld (Mel Brooks), the most influential robot in their mechanical civilization, the youngster determines to become an inventor. But, after years of work, when he takes his contraption to be big city, he learns his idol has disappeared and Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) is now running the company. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 89
Theater Release: 10 Mar 2005
Video Release: 26 Sep 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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Developed by the creative team behind Ice Age, this movie pays homage to several great films of the past, including: The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ In the Rain, Star Wars, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Home Video Extra Features

Robots releases to Blu-ray on March 22, 2011, with the following bonus extras:

- Audio Commentary by Blue Sky

- Aunt Fanny’s Tour of Booty

- The Voices of Robots

- Music Video

- Three Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary

DVD Notes: Robots

Release Date: 26 September 2005

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment offers Robots in a fully loaded package, starting with Aunt Fanny’s Tour of Booty—a four-minute short (with some mildly questionable content) created especially for the DVD, and The Copperbottom Show—the original short that sold the concept to the studio (with director’s commentary). The DVD release continues with two audio commentaries (one by director Chris Wedge and executive producer William Joyce, the other by head technical and animation directors), Discontinued Parts (deleted scenes with a director’s commentary), Mechanical Mistakes (an outtake reel), as well as the featurettes The Blue Man Group and You Can Shine No Matter What You’re Made Of.

Extra fuel for fun is provided with a few interactive 3-D character biographies, TV spots, trailers and a DVD-Rom link. Gamers will be happy to note the list of bells and whistles includes some play time with Robot Dance, Invent-A-Bot, Fender Photo Shoot and an all-new Xbox exclusive multiplayer racing game (featuring never-before-seen tracks, gameplay modes and gadgets where players can race as one of several characters from Robots). Because the creative team behind this computer animation also worked on the film Ice Age, the studio takes some disc space to talk-up their next endeavor with a promotional film and a look at the making of Ice Age 2. The movie Robots is presented in either widescreen or full screen formats. Both feature audio tracks in English (DTS and Dolby 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround Sound) and French (Dolby Surround Sound), with subtitles available in Spanish.

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